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The former math professor who reported income of less than $35,000 last year is campaigning as a middle-class candidate in an Illinois governor's race that includes a couple millionaires and a billionaire. Biss seems to be gaining support for his progressive campaign. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast).

Policymakers in states across the country know that encouraging a skilled, reliable workforce is one of the most important actions they can take to build a strong economy and a ladder to a thriving middle-class. But a bill in the Virginia General Assembly undermining apprenticeship programs would shrink ...
Biss, a former math professor who reported income of less than $35,000 last year, has gained support in recent weeks campaigning as a progressive who's something the other top candidates are not: part of the middle class. In TV ads filmed in his family's modest home, he talks about sending his kids to public school and ...
Young middle-class professionals are half as likely to get on the housing ladder as they were 20 years ago, a new study has found as Tory MPs warned that the issue is an "iceberg" that could sink the party at the next election. A report by the Institute for Fiscal Studies said that just one in four young ...
Editor's note: This commentary is by Moshe Braner, of Essex, a political independent who works as a statistical analyst. The proposal for a new education tax formula is being described by Reps. Mitzi Johnson and Janet Ancel as making the education tax "simple and transparent." But we're only told totals ...

Over the past four decades, California middle-class incomes have stagnated, according to a recent study by the Stanford economist Raj Chett. The median California family is only making marginally more now than they were in 1980. In 2016, the median household income in the state was $67,739. In 1980 ...
Financially, middle class African-Americans are better off than they have been in decades past. But when you look at their growth compared to that of other ethnic groups, the progress is comparatively slow. Some even say that progress has plateaued or is dropping off. In 2017, analysis of census data ...
The former math professor who reported income of less than $35,000 last year is campaigning as a middle-class candidate in an Illinois governor's race that includes a couple millionaires and a billionaire. Biss seems to be gaining support for his progressive campaign. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast), ...
With few competitors, in the past department stores competed on quality service, a broad range of well-regarded brands that appealed to the emerging middle class, standing for quality and a degree of fashion forwardness (without being so edgy as to turn off the mainstream). As such, the stores also ...
"Someone like the author who belonged to the middle class had to suffer like this, if the same situation happens on thousands of grass-roots family, they might not even know how to handle it," wrote one commenter (link in Chinese) on Weibo. "The hospitals in Beijing and Shanghai are not for common ...
Lawmakers have enacted dozens of tax incentives targeted at middle-class families. Taking full advantage of these tax breaks is particularly important for dual-income couples because there's a good chance they'll get hit by the marriage penalty--when two individuals pay more in taxes as a married couple ...
Growing inequality in the U.S. and labor automation could put a quarter of the U.S. workforce out of a job by the end of next decade, according to management consulting firm Bain & Co. That could put a chokehold on economic growth. To address that threat, the firm proposes the kind of solution not often ...
The budget plan passed in the wee hours of the night on Friday not only put a quick end to the second shutdown of 2018 but also temporarily breathed life into several expired tax deductions. Under the plan many of these tax breaks were only extended retroactively for 2017. As such, their future remains ...
In fact, so well told is the story, not to mention so long ago, that it can seem remote. Only a few days ago, someone I follow on twitter recounted the time a child in her teacher husband's class had come into school in Emily Davison fancy dress by dint of a horseshoe painted over her face. That is why, as we ...
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today said the youth and the middle class sections are "disenchanted" with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the party will ... less than 215 seats, unemployment biggest problem, youth worried abt its future, middle class very disenchanted wid BJP (sic)," Kerjiwal tweeted.
Singapore -- Midsize companies in Southeast Asia are thriving, helped by the region's growing middle class and public works spending. ... The expansion of the middle class and swelling infrastructure investment have helped local companies increase their revenues and profits, which in turn has ...

This is why a $1.50 increase is not only noticeable by a person with a middle-class job but a "pleasant surprise." To make matters worse, a part of her happiness is just that it went up at all. This is far better than it going down, or even losing the income entirely. We can assume this mindset is not exceptional.
According to a newly discovered patent, facebook has developed a system (or perhaps just a system concept) that figures out whether users belong to one of three different socioeconomic groups, one being "middle class." This determination would be made based on info the user has provided, including ...
However, the Economists also highlighted a list of colleges that defy these two archetypes, where large numbers of low-income students are admitted, graduate and earn middle- or upper-middle-class incomes as adults. Topping this list (see adjacent chart) is the Los Angeles campus of California State ...
"Trump's tax reform plan was nothing more than a middle-class tax increase," Ting, who formerly served as San Francisco's Assessor-Recorder, said in the statement. "It is unconscionable to force working families to pay the price for tax breaks and loopholes benefiting corporations and wealthy individuals.".
Mary Lou McDonald is a "middle-class" politician from the same background as Leo Varadkar who may not appeal to working-class people, Labour has said. Brendan Howlin, was responding to the announcement over the weekend that Ms McDonald is taking over from Gerry Adams as the leader of Sinn ...
I agree and commend you for advocating for the poor in this city, as well as veterans and the need for local investment especially after the losses of DaVita, Russell group and most recently State farm. And yes, we have a deepwater port that needs to be utilized in a manner that is both business-friendly and ...
Sub-Saharan Africa's rising population and economies have led to a growing middle class and, in turn, more spending power which provides "a vast source of potential for prosperity," per experts at the African Development Bank. The big picture: Since 2000, the wealth of sub-Saharan African nations has been growing ...
He said that for the term middle class to have greater meaning, it must take into account more than just income and include things such as work relationships, changes in the way previously poor people interact with the elite, and some kind of measure of how they see themselves and imagine their futures.
Among the middle-class (which Wolff defines as the middle 60 percent of the population by wealth or income), average debt dropped from $98,100 in 2007 to $69,900 in 2016. Lower debt suggests that many Americans are less vulnerable to an economic slump than in the 2007-09 Great Recession.
An ACE Cash Express outlet on San Mateo Boulevard in Albuquerque, N.M., sits on a block that has several small loan storefronts. The lenders who advance people money on their paychecks charge exorbitant interest rates that often snare the most vulnerable customers in a cycle of debt, the industry's ...
Years of systemic inequalities have held many Americans back from reaching the middle class. But our country remains full of men and women who are hopeful--men and women who want to work and are eager for opportunities to improve their communities. Through programs like LEAP, we are creating ...
Philadelphia - As part of his "jobs That Pay" initiative, Gov. Tom Wolf announced a proposal to strengthen the middle class by modernizing Pennsylvania's outdated overtime rules to increase the pay of nearly half-a-million people to ensure they are compensated fairly for their hard work.
Hard working middle class residents will see tax increases (some almost immediately and the rest within a couple of years) due to lost deductions. At the same time, large corporations and the nation's very wealthiest will see large tax cuts. For example, at least 1/3 of us count on SALT (State and Local Tax ...
One type of multilingual school system known as dual-immersion allows students with varying language skills to thrive in a space together by rotating the language of instruction. While the dual-immersion system fulfills a lot of needs in the modern school system, their rapidly growing popularity among ...
Supply and demand have come to bear on the housing market, and it's putting some cities out of reach for much of the middle class. The city of Denver has a plan to deal with the problem: housings subsidies. The subsidies aim to help middle-class professionals, like nurses and teachers, afford higher end ...
Respected climate scientists, U.S. government agencies, meteorological societies and over 190 nations have all come to the conclusion that global warming is real and caused by human activity. My son evaluates climate data at a major university and I have two degrees in chemistry. We both have an ...
We have had the "war on drugs," "war on poverty" and now Donald Trump and the Republicans in Congress are waging a "war on the middle class and the working poor." They are out to destroy the middle class so the rich can get richer. With the new tax plan just about everyone will get a tax break the first ...
As the royal triumvirate of Donald Trump, Paul Ryan and Mitch Mcconnell continue their perverse quest to turn our America into a gold-plated Trumplandistan for oligarchs, they keep insisting that their blatantly elitist schemes will magically elevate the middle class and even the poor, delivering a ...
To many, India feels like the heir apparent. Its population will soon overtake its Asian rival's. It occasionally grows at the kind of pace that propelled China to the status of economic superpower. And its middle class is thought by many to be in the early stages of the journey to prosperity that created hundreds ...
Majorities of Americans say the federal government does not provide enough help for older people (65%), poor people (62%) and the middle class (61%). By contrast, nearly two-thirds (64%) say the government provides too much help for wealthy people. Opinions are more divided about the amount of ...
Although Chengdu's GDP per capita was around $13,500 in 2016 (according to official statistics), typical middle-class living standards in a second-tier city like Chengdu are on par with those in some of the poorer states in the United States (not least because the cost of living is about half as high as in the ...
From 1776 forward, the "common yeoman" -- America's middle class -- has been hailed as the virtuous heart and backbone of our nation. How ironic, since it took 150 years before we actually created a broad middle class. Before the 1930s, most Americans were poor, or near poor. And, yes, "created" is ...
Avocado sales to China are expected to more than double this year as demand continues to grow for the fruit from the country's expanding middle-class population. "It appears to just double every year, from what we've seen," Steve Barnard, president of Oxnard, California-based Mission Produce, the ...
Stuyvesant Town, site of one of the de Blasio administration's most expensive, and controversial, housing preservation deals. Middle-class housing was saved there; the author wants more of it preserved and built. Mayor de Blasio is doing a great job bringing attention to the need for more affordable ...
"Open Door" will allow New Yorkers with moderate and middle incomes to purchase a condo or co-op. It aims to create about 200 affordable homes each year, with a goal of 1,300 by 2026. Another program called "Home Fix" will offer low-interest loans to help people with low or moderate incomes to make ...
Politicians are fond of pitching to the "average Australian" but judging by the income of Australians, whether you are middle class depends on where you live. And where we live tells a rich story of who we are as a nation - socially, culturally and economically. Income is at the heart of access to services and ...
This largely middle-class crowd of shoppers is struggling to stay insured. They've weathered years of price hikes and shrinking insurance choices with no help. Faced with more price increases for next year, they're mulling options outside insurance or skipping coverage entirely -- a decision that could lead ...
I can respect your opposition to the "millionaire's tax" but to suggest that it would apply to some middle-class business owners is disingenuous. And to write that they would pay a 9.1 percent tax rate without emphasizing that the higher rate only applies to the portion of income over a million dollars is also ...
How the GOP tax plan's focus shifted from the middle class. Republican leaders Sen. McConnell and Sen. Hatch with Treasury Secretary Mnuchin. "GOP plan evolved into a windfall for the wealthy," the WashPost's Damian Paletta writes in the paper's lead story: Key stat: "[T]he plan would cut taxes for businesses by $1 ...
If we get a DWI ("driving while intoxicated"), we suffer consequences. If he gets a DWI, it's "Donald was innocent," or "Donald wasn't indicted." If we have a long, 40-hour week, we say TGIF ("Thank God it's Friday.") He says, "Thank God I'm famous." If we want something done right now, we say ASAP ("as ...
History proves that America's economy boomed after FDR increased taxes on the wealthy and established programs that helped the poor, elderly, middle class and returning war veterans. FDR's programs gave federal jobs to build a first-class infrastructure, finances to strengthen university systems and ...
Because our progressive state government believes that children should be healthy regardless of their parents' income level, Minnesota has one of the most extensive children's health insurance Program (CHIP) coverage criteria in the nation. That means that even with a solidly middle-class household ...
As more and more US department stores close and malls are mothballed, Amazon is being blamed for the "retail apocalypse" (paywall). But there's another dynamic crippling American retailers--a shrinking middle class exacerbated by a widening inequality gap. Between 1971 and 2015, the share of US ...


 

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